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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man is dead after an early-morning home invasion in the Port City, but the events surrounding the murder have neighbors questioning what really happened.

Neighbors describe Clifton Sykes Jr. as a good man who helped everyone in the neighborhood. His death has many wondering who would commit such a heinous crime.

Early Monday morning New Hanover County Dispatch got a call for an ambulance at 612 North 8th Street.

“Somebody got shot,” the caller said. “Can you help please? Oh, gosh. Please hurry up. He’s shivering. Please send somebody, please!”

Police say Sykes, 40, and a female companion were sleeping soundly, when for the second time in three days two people broke through the back door.

“Two guys came in at gunpoint and robbed us and put tape over our eyes and wrapped our hands up,” the 911 caller told dispatchers.

Police say there was a struggle between Sykes and the burglars. While the woman was able to escape to the safety of a neighbor’s house, gunshots rang out. Investigators say the two black males ran away leaving Sykes in a pool of blood to die.

Sykes becomes the first death in a string of armed robberies in the Port City. That has some neighbors questioning whether there is a connection.

“Those robberies are being investigated, and we’re not able to link them together or know the motive for those robberies at this moment,” WPD Sgt. Kelvin Hargrove said.

Wilmington police ask anyone with information to call the Crime Stoppers hotline or Wilmington Police headquarters.

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18 Comments on "WPD investigates murder during home invasion"

2015 years 10 months ago

No matter what his past showed, this is still a terrible thing to hear about. Everyone has skeletons in their closet, but you can look at this case any different. Almost 2013 and we still have to hear about senseless acts just because someone didn’t like someone or because they wanted what he had.

2015 years 10 months ago

Praying for the family and friends of all involved. May the young man who was killed Rest in the Lord. no matter what he may have done in the past, no one deserves to die like this.

Teletha Gibbs
2015 years 10 months ago

Yes that is so true no matter what the past of a person is that does not give anyone the right to take their life.We all have done some wrong in our own lives.We need to pray for the family, this from what I was told a good guy!!! And remember it could happen to anyone ,he was someones child,brother ,friend,etc so instead of presenting the past, pray for the future of those still here. A GOOD MAN GONE!!!!!

2015 years 10 months ago

You probably wouldn’t feel the same way if this person had committed crimes against you and/or your family.

2015 years 10 months ago

I hope ur next on the list!!! Just because u seem to be so beyond reproach, maybe the crime would be more sad to u if it happens to such an upstanding citizen. That man was nothing like the record u speak of. I knew him for the last 15, didn’t even know anything about his past until u felt the need to blast him on here, thanx… I would love to know what type of stones ur hiding in that glass house of yours!!!

2015 years 10 months ago

U can say drugs but u didn’t know him he straighten his life up. Drugs don’t make u a bad person he never killed anyone show why his death. Before u judge n point drugs drugs drugs go to a reliable source and get real facts.Most of the information on this website and on the news in general is false half of what they are saying has nothing to due with the truth. Yes he has a past record but he changed learn your facts

2015 years 10 months ago

Stf up just because somebody had a past doesnt mean thats what this stupid cowardly killing was for.

registered user
2015 years 10 months ago

Star News I see once again you would rather not post how a law abiding citizen feels about others post so you go all around and about to ensure the message does not go out to your readers.Not the first time i have experienced this type of action from your organization.”HOW SAD”

Janice Robinson
2015 years 10 months ago

Are you really truly sorry for the deceased family? I lost my son a few years ago from being shot and killed. You stated this young man had a past felon almost 20 years including B&E as well as drugs. Not knowing where you received this type of information from, my first question to you would be. Do you mean this young man when a young man had gotten into some trouble 20 years ago, and had straightened up his life and became a well known and liked law abiding citizen of Wilmington,N.C.and from your point of view could have never changed? My second question to you is, How can you say you are sorry for the loss of life for this young man and his many when you seem to have no compassion what so ever for him nor his mother and other relatives and friends by speaking of his past and death all in one paragraph. Being a mother whom have lost her only son to a gun shot wound knows the devastation it is for this mother and how more devastating it is to hear someone as yourself at a time like this speak disrespectful of the son whom she will never get to hear voice again, never get to touch again,never get to kiss again,never get to smile again. This is devastating enough for this family than having to go to this comment titled ‘DRUGS” leading me to believe you possibly know something we the citizens of Wilmington NC as well as Wilmington police dept have no findings of and maybe you should be picked up and taken by homicide team for questioning about what you are reporting, knowing something other than what those investigating knows because i have yet to hear the mention of DRUGS in this case. This only shows society how much respect you truly have for this grieving mother and family. Maybe you should learn to get your facts ALL OF THE FACTS before you ever take a chance in letting a mother and family who is devastated at this moment if there life become even more hurt over your heartless feelings that shows all over your post.

coquenta winn
2015 years 10 months ago

To the family of Clifton Skyes, God by far does’nt make no mistakes for to be abscent from the body is to be present with the lord.. I hope these men that committed this senseless crime will be brought to justice.. God bless you and know that our family is praying for you..

2015 years 10 months ago

Everyone has a past including you. People change! There was no excuse for this! A man is dead and all you can do is bring up his past to try to justify it! This is a tradegy. No excuse for this!

Guestget a life people.
2015 years 10 months ago

You people have nothing to do . what u looking up people past for what are you perfect? Talk bout your skeletons . Who are you to talk ; get a life!!!!!!!

Renee Tyler
2015 years 10 months ago

The Sykes family is in my prayers! I am so sorry for your loss.

2015 years 10 months ago

I read another source which stated that there may have been an attempt to break in this house a few days prior and that as a result, the door that was broken into was a replacement door. Sounds more to me that they wanted the guy.

2015 years 10 months ago

I am sorry for the loss of life for the deceased & his family.He was a past felon & had problems for almost 20 years including B&E as well as drugs.Here’s your sign!

2015 years 10 months ago

Hate it for the guy but I sleep soundly every night in the assurance that I practice the second amendment rights our founders gave us, and if these 2 thugs ever make the mistake of picking my back door there will be a lot more people that can feel safer in their homes, there is a big problem when a person can not feel safe and secure in their own home.

2015 years 10 months ago

I am deeply saddened by this. I actually know this guy. We worked together a couple years ago and a whether or not he had problems with the law is irrelevant. He was a good person and had family friends and neighbors that loved and cared about him. This is very sad and his family is in my prayers.

Guest lewis
2015 years 10 months ago

I’m so sorry 2here this. My ppl my black,brown,light skin ppl.this is what they do 2 each other, always killing one other.I’m sick and tired of my black ppl doing this 2each other. I live in the rock point.Area and I dont come are go 2 the northside or southside,because of this nonsense, and I’m. Black well brown skin. I have come2 see that young black men don’t love each other. This got 2 stop


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